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Petite and festive, mini bottles of Champagne and sparkling wine are a ton of fun, and they’re surprisingly useful. One-quarter the size of a standard wine bottle, they’re often called “splits” and hold 187 milliliters of wine, which is just over 6 ounces. Not every winemaker offers minis, but you can find a good selection of sparkling wines from around the world in tiny bottles.
Splits are convenient one-glass servings of wine and are perfect for entertaining or gift-giving. You can also use them to sample varieties of sparkling wine without spending a lot of money. For instance, you can create personal wine tastings that compare French Champagne, Italian prosecco, and Spanish cava. Plus, if you love mimosas, a mini bottle can make one or two cocktails and you don’t have to worry about a full bottle going flat.
Read on for the best mini Champagne and sparkling wines available.
Best Overall: Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne 187ml
Region: Champagne, France | ABV: 12% | Tasting Notes: Dry, bright, crisp, apple, pear, biscuit
An iconic name in French Champagne, Moët & Chandon packages its best expression in miniature bottles. Imperial Brut is a classic example of what great Champagne should taste like. The vibrant, bubbly wine has been made since 1869 and is a blend of pinot noir, pinot meunier, and chardonnay grape varietals. The winemaker claims that over 100 wines, at least 20 percent of which are reserves, go into creating this Champagne’s seductive, familiar taste.
Everything you have come to expect in this brut Champagne remains in the adorable mini bottles, which are also wrapped in gold foil. It’s very effervescent with delightful bright fruit flavors accented by florals and it has a refreshingly crisp minerality. When you’re looking for a personal-sized sparkling wine experience, it’s definitely hard to beat.
"I love the crisp minerality and it is, in my opinion, the best of affordable true Champagne." – Kristin Stangl, Editor
Best American Sparkling Wine: Mumm Napa Brut Prestige 187ml
Region: Napa Valley, California, USA | ABV: 12.5% | Tasting Notes: Dry, apple, citrus, vanilla
True Champagnes cannot be made in America, but many wineries—particularly in California—specialize in the sparkling wine style. Situated in the famed Napa Valley, Mumm Napa is the home to G.H. Mumm’s U.S. operations. While they’re made far away from the French winery’s famous Champagnes, these wines maintain the quality associated with the Mumm name.
The best-known of the portfolio is Brut Prestige. Made primarily of chardonnay and pinot noir grapes, the California sparkling wine has the creamy crispness and brilliant bubbles that make Champagne irresistible. Though they’re among the priciest mini bottles you’ll find, drinking this dry sparkler is a memorable experience.
Best Prosecco: La Marca Prosecco 187ml
Region: Veneto, Italy | ABV: 11% | Tasting Notes: Honey, floral, apple, grapefruit, citrus
The sparkling wines of Italy are as pleasant to explore as the best France has to offer. Produced only in the Veneto region of northeast Italy, prosecco is a brilliant wine. It’s also often a little more reasonably priced because it doesn’t require the extra labor of Champagne. One of the best proseccos available in personal-sized bottles comes from La Marca.
Sweet honey and white flowers greet your nose when this tiny bottle pops open. The taste is equally inviting, with the freshness of green apple, lemon, and grapefruit. It’s also a beautiful wine to look at; pull out your best Champagne flute and enjoy its captivating gold color and never-ending bubbles. If you feel like mixing, try this prosecco in the citrusy Aperol spritz.
La Marca is my go-to when I want to take a bottle of bubbly to a friend to celebrate something—whether that's an engagement or getting through a particularly hard week. It tastes celebration-worthy with just a touch of sweetness, and it's affordable enough that you don't feel guilty popping it open to commemorate life's smaller moments, too. — Mary Kate Hoban, Senior Editor
Best Blanc de Blanc: Saint-Reine Blanc de Blancs Brut 187ml
Region: Burgundy, France | ABV: 11.5% | Tasting Notes: Dry, green apple, pear, citrus
“Blanc de blancs” is a specific type of sparkling wine that means “white from whites.” Unlike other styles, it is made entirely of white wine grape varietals, of which chardonnay is most common. While it was created in the Champagne region and uses the “méthode champenoise” (or “méthode traditionnelle”), it is made worldwide. Saint-Reine produces a stunning blanc de blanc in France’s equally famous Burgundy (Bourgogne) region, where white and rosé wines use the Crémant label.
This chardonnay-exclusive bubbly is simultaneously light and rich, with a dryness expected from a brut. It captures the taste of green apple and pear with zesty citrus against a delicious creaminess reminiscent of its Champagne roots. Enjoyed chilled on its own, this is an easy drink that anyone will enjoy. It’s also an excellent choice for cocktails.
Best Cava: Freixenet Cordon Negro Extra Dry 187ml
Region: Catalunya, Spain | ABV: 12% | Tasting Notes: Dry, apple, citrus, peach, melon
Inside this elegant black bottle lies a stunning example of Spain’s signature sparkling wine. Cava also employs the méthode traditionnelle that made Champagne famous, though it uses grapes that thrive in the country and attribute to its distinctly Spanish terroir. If there’s one cava-maker that embodies its signature taste, it is Freixenet (pronounced “fresh-eh-net”).
For your first sip, Cordon Negro Extra Dry is an excellent choice. A blend of three grapes, it’s aged for at least a year in cool caves and double fermented for the ideal carbonation. The sparkler is wonderfully dry but has sweet notes accented with peach and melon, so it’s also approachable. The lower price point means it’s cocktail-worthy, especially in sweetened drinks like an elderflower cocktail.
Best Sparkling Rosé: Cavit Lunetta Rosé 187ml
Region: Veneto, Italy | ABV: 12% | Tasting Notes: Off-dry, strawberries
Sparkling rosé wines are not as readily available in splits but there are some fun finds. When you’re in the mood for a bubbly pink, try Lunetta (Italian for “little moon”) from Cavit. The northern Italy winemaker produces a variety of wines using sustainable practices, both in the vineyards and winery, and has a huge following in the United States.
In mini bottles, this pretty pink wine is an excellent gift or party favor and is especially fitting for showers. It’s that ideal balance of sweet and dry that appeals to wine lovers of all tastes, and it’s hard to resist the strawberry notes signature to rosés when it’s this well-done. A light sparkle is the perfect finishing touch, ensuring it will please anyone who tries it.
Best Sweet Sparkling Wine: Risata Moscato d’Asti 187ml
Region: Piedmont, Italy | ABV: 5.5% | Tasting Notes: Sweet honey, stone fruit, tangerine
Sparkling wines lean toward the dry side, so finding a sweet wine—especially in miniature bottles—is tricky. There’s almost always a moscato to save the day, though. These are not the bubbliest of the lot but they are delicious and Risata Moscato d’Asti is one that your sweet tooth will crave.
From Asti of the Piedmont region of Italy and made using the area’s famed muscat grapes, this frizzante is utterly delicious. Lightly sparkling, the taste is of honey, stone fruit, and tangerine. It’s not too rich and has a fascinating crisp finish. This moscato deserves an invitation to dinner and is best alongside spicy Asian foods.
Best Mini Can: Francis Coppola Sofia Mini Blanc de Blancs 187ml
Region: Monterey County, California, USA | ABV: 11.5% | Tasting Notes: Off-dry, tart, melon
Canned wine is not just a passing fad and you can find many impressive wines when you think outside the bottle. While many winemakers choose the standard 12-ounce cans, that’s a lot of wine and it’s easy to drink it like a beer. For that reason, mini cans are a brilliant option that’s catching on to this trend. California’s Francis Ford Coppola Winery focuses on the small cans.
The Sofia Mini Blanc de Blanc is the winery’s sparkling option. Made with a pinot blanc, riesling, and muscat grape blend, it’s crisp and delicately sparkling. Against the off-dry palate, you’ll find sweet summer fruit flavors like melon and pear. It’s a lovely and lively wine, and comes with its own straw.
What to Look for in Mini Champagne Bottles
Dry or Sweet
When selecting sparkling wines, you’ll find that they range from very dry to sweet. Often, the label will indicate a wine’s level of sweetness. For the driest sparkling wines, look for “extra-brut” or the more common but slightly sweeter “brut.” A bottle of “extra-dry” is off-dry with hints of sweetness, and most prosecco falls into this category. Cava ranges from brut to sweet “dolce,” so there’s great variety in the Spanish sparklers. For the sweetest bubbly, look for “demi-sec”(meaning “half-dry”) or turn to Moscato Asti.
Most sparkling wines go through a second round of fermentation. As the added sugar is eaten by the yeast, carbon dioxide is produced, transforming the still wine into a fizzy delight. The longer it’s allowed to ferment, the bubblier the wine becomes. Wines that use the méthode champenoise are fermented in the bottle and tend to be the bubbliest (they’re also the priciest), while other techniques ferment in special tanks then bottle the wine.
The least expensive sparkling wines may actually be carbonated in a similar manner to soda. It’s not always easy to tell how bubbly a wine is, though you might get a hint by carefully reading the label and winemaker notes. Prosecco makes it convenient to know how effervescent the wine is: ”Spumante” is very bubbly, “frizzante” is slightly bubbly, and “tranquilo” is not carbonated. Also, pouring these wines into a Champagne flute will trap the bubbles and produce a livelier drinking experience.
As you explore sparkling wines, be sure to serve them well-chilled. Keep the bottles in the refrigerator for at least a few hours to fully enjoy the taste and effervescence of the wine. Fortunately, these mini bottles don’t take up much space, which is another advantage of going small.
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Colleen Graham is a food and beverage writer with over a decade of experience writing about cocktails, beer, and wine. She is the author of two books—“Rosé Made Me Do It” and “Tequila: Cocktails With a Kick.”